For the active adventurer or workout junkie, an oral injury can be maddening. You have the energy to be as active as usual – nothing is necessarily wrong with your body, but the pain of injury and inconvenience of dental visits can drag down your activity level.
Take these steps to speed your recovery and get back to smiling (painlessly) at gym pals and passers-by.
Follow Instructions With Antibiotics
Dentists can prescribe antibiotics for a number of infections and bacterial build-ups, even tartar control. However, strong antibiotic capsules are too often used as if they were pain pills – kept on the shelf unless the oral ache flares up.
That’s the wrong way to use antibiotics! Doctors prescribe a robust, temporary intake of a scheduled amount of those infection-killers for a reason. Because nature is always finding new ways to give people tolerance to antibiotics, tinkering with your required dosage schedule is a bad move. Take dosages on schedule, knock out the infection and begin your process of recovery.
Take the Pain – But Don’t Go Insane
There are many topical, oral analgesics for light tooth or gum pain. But studies show that these agents are limited in the relief they can provide, and overuse can cause nasty side effects.
For deeper, consistent pain such as the discomfort after removal of a wisdom tooth, your dentist may provide Vicodin or another painkiller. It is important to remember that the less of a strong pain drug you take, the better.
Not only will popping more pills eventually give you a tolerance to, and even risk of dependence on, the pain drug, it will also extend your recovery period and lessen your energy and stamina. Ignore the minor soreness and only relieve the pain artificially when you truly need to. Your body, and your lonely friends at the track will thank you later.
Smarts After Losing Wisdom
Sticking with wisdom teeth, dentists seem to love pulling them – they’re not the ones who have to recover after the painful surgery. Time-honored home treatments during the recovery period include eating exclusively soft food, abstaining from smoking tobacco, using an ice pack and rinsing your mouth with salt water every day.
Future Research Possibilities
Have you been down with a toothache, and need a boost to get back to your gym routine? The research peptide Melanotan 2 has been shown to increase metabolism and energy levels.
Scientific studies on animal research subjects have shown that Melanotan 2 may be helpful in aiding muscle-mass retention and oxygen intake. It is not currently approved by the FDA. You can learn more at this site.
Oral health is associated mostly with cleanliness – brush your teeth, avoid cavities, don’t smoke cigarettes, and so on. But strength and nutrient enrichment are equally important. Upon healing, make it a point to baby your teeth and gums, namely with an oral-friendly diet that provides calcium, Vitamin C and Folic acid, which studies show can treat gum disease in pregnant women. Accept congrats for a successful recovery, and stay out of the dentist’s chair.